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Marketa Lazarová (1967)

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A grim portrayal of the shift from Paganism to Christianity in medieval central Europe - as a young virgin promised to God is kidnapped and raped by a marauder who her religious father seeks to kill in return.

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Frantisek Vlácil
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2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Josef Kemr ... Kozlík
Magda Vásáryová ... Marketa Lazarova
Nada Hejna Nada Hejna ... Katerina
Jaroslav Moucka ... Jan
Frantisek Velecký ... Mikolás
Karel Vasicek Karel Vasicek ... Jirí
Ivan Palúch ... Adam 'One-handed'
Martin Mrazek Martin Mrazek ... Václav
Václav Sloup ... Simon
Pavla Polaskova ... Alexandria
Alena Pavlíková Alena Pavlíková ... Drahuse
Michal Kozuch Michal Kozuch ... Lazar
Zdenek Lipovcan Zdenek Lipovcan ... Jakub
Harry Studt ... Old Count Kristián
Vlastimil Harapes ... Young Count Kristián
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Mikolás and his brother Adam rob travelers for their tyrannical father Kozlík. During one of their "jobs" they end up with a young German hostage whose father escapes to return news of the kidnapping and robbery to the King. Kozlik prepares for the wrath of the King, and sends Mikolás to pressure his neighbor Lazar to join him in war. Persuasion fails, and in vengeance Mikolás abducts Lazar's daughter Marketa, just as she was about to join a convent. The King, meantime, dispatches an army and the religious Lazar will be called upon to join hands against Kozlik. Stripped-down, surreal, and relentlessly grimy account of the shift from Paganism to Christianity. Written by Joyojeet Pal <joyojeet@hotmail.com>

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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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In a scene where Marketa observes a reindeer in the forest, you can see a director Frantisek Vlacil in jacket in the left of the frame. He was actually trying to scare deer, because they didn't want to move. This could be seen only on some of the Blu-Ray and DVD versions. See more »

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The UK DVD is cut by 3 secs to remove a shot of a snake being stabbed. See more »

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Fabulously magnificent
12 February 2005 | by ireland-6See all my reviews

"Marketa Lazarova" was a film I saw in 1970 at a small film theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It left an indelible memory, and I've spent years trying to find a way to see it again. At least once a year, I find a note I left about a phone call I've made to some obscure library or other such place in the hope of finding a way to see it.

The film won an Academy Award, and it should be remembered. It is stunning in black and white; the story is remarkable in its content and direction.

If anyone has ideas about how we fans can possibly revive this movie, we should try to do so. It is worth all the trouble and more just to see it again and again.


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Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech | German

Release Date:

24 November 1967 (Czechoslovakia) See more »

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